You need all the help you can get to learn new words and phrases, and one of the best audio materials you can get to help you is the earworms series. They do two volumes – Rapid Portuguese 1, and Rapid Portuguese 2. They really are perfect for listening to when on the go, in the car, any situation where you can have some music going on in the background. What makes them very good, in my opinion, is the repetition and breakdown of phrases, and it’s all translated as you go along (so no need to have a book at hand, but the CDs come with a booklet of everything with phonetic spellings too). Also, there is specially designed music going on in the background to help you to focus and really take it all in.
So, that’s my ‘sell’! Go to the website and listen to a free demo, but I would REALLY appreciate it if you bought it through ME (see below) or via the link here as that would help us all out :) You can buy a one or two CD set or a cheaper MP3 download (although the CD set comes with a full-colour booklet). If you go for the download, make sure you unzip the file for itunes to read it.
I’m still in the process of adding new things that may be interesting and helpful for your Portuguese learning, including some music and videos.. Sorry it’s a bit of a jumble, but it’s all here for you to seive through. There’s a lot of good stuff out there, and it’s always good to hear what other people think of things, so if you come across something worth mentioning (good or bad) I’d love to hear (and I’ll spread the word if it’s good!)
- Lots of idiomatic expressions explained, with a rating as to how often they are used (3=most, 1=least) casota.org
- This looks useful, English and Portuguese linking phrases with lots of examples: http://www.sk.com.br/conn/conn8.html
- Here’s a nice music video and lyrics: Cla, Embeicados
- Here’s a good article and video about coffee in Portugal
- Interesting! You can download for free lots of useful phrases for many situations :) I don’t know about the guidebook, and haven’t heard much of the download (joys of a slow internet connection…) but what I heard sounded like European Portuguese. Let me know what you think? I’ll have a good look/listen when my internet’s up to it, but in the meanwhile,I thought I’d share it with you. Phrasebooks :: Rough Guides Travel www.roughguides.com
- Also, people might be interested in the free flash cards available at http://www.byki.com/fls/free-portuguese-software-download.html?l=portuguese+european (** you need to register here and give your email)
This looks interesting… videos on the basics. My slow internet won’t let me look, but I thought I’d put it here for you. Any good? I’d love to hear what you think! Learn Portuguese | Wolters World www.woltersworld.com
practice your portuguese on You Tube
here’s a fado song with the lyrics
An interesting article with some good ideas on how to overcome a common problem. Not sure I’d be quite so adamant, but I guess our personality has a lot to do with how we deal with tricky situations like this!
here’s a nice recipe
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